Major Gifts Officer, College of Arts and Humanities

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 110600
Title: Development Officer
Functional Title: Major Gifts Officer, College of Arts and Humanities
Category Status: 33-Exempt Regular
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: VPUR-Development
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Development with the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU), the Major Gifts Officer (MGO) will identify, cultivate, solicit and steward major gifts for College initiatives and priorities including academic units and the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts (The Clarice). The Major Gifts Officer will carry a portfolio of 100-120 donor prospects whose gift capacity is $50,000+. S/he will develop and write solicitation proposals for individuals and possibly other institutions. The Major Gifts Officer monitors all assigned prospects and contacts to ensure positive and purposeful donor relations and communication with alumni and non-alumni friends. The MGO will work collaboratively with, and in support of, high level volunteers and other development staff, department chairs, and faculty throughout ARHU and the Clarice.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter with a strong ability to identify and cultivate major gift prospects and move them toward solicitation. This position will take the lead in identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding major gift level individuals and will be particularly skilled at engaging major prospects in meaningful ways that further productive philanthropic relationships This position will carry its own portfolio of prospects with prospect visit goals of 10-15 per month and 3-4 solicitations per quarter. S/he will recommend, facilitate, and attend development and other cultivation and engagement activities for the College and The Clarice, ensuring execution at the highest level. Regional and national travel is required 50-60% of the time.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.):

Bachelor’s Degree required.

A minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in development/fundraising with a successful track record of closing five-figure gifts is required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Must be an entrepreneurial and strategic fundraiser with a proven track record of identifying and cultivating major gift prospects toward a solicitation.
• Knowledgeable of best practices in the advancement field.
• Must be a strong writer with the ability to develop and write proposals for individual prospects.
• Must be energetic and an organized self-starter with the ability to work independently and in a team environment.
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively across the University for the Enhancement of the donor experience.
• Must have an understanding of, and preferably direct experience, working in highly complex organizations.
• Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary.
• Ability to travel 50-60% of the time (mostly local) is required.


• Development experience within a performing arts environment.
• University development experience.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Physical Demands of the Position: This is a primarily a sedentary position involving extensive use of desktop computers. The position does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings, and programs.. Will be required to work evenings and weekends as necessary. 50-60% travel is required.

For best consideration, please apply by Monday, August 28 2017.

Benefits offered: The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 22 Days Annual Leave; 15 Days Sick Leave; 3 Days Personal Leave; 15 Paid Holidays; Tuition Remission; Health, Dental, Vision and Prescription coverage.

Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No Visa sponsorship is offered for this position.

Posting Date: 05/18/2017
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 08/28/2017
Physical Demands

This is a primarily a sedentary position involving extensive use of desktop computers. The position does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings, and programs.. Will be required to work evenings and weekends as necessary. 50-60% travel is required.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents

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